Recycled Juice Pouch Lunch Bag

Save your empty juice pouches and make this fun, recycled craft with your children. This is a guide about making a recycled juice pouch lunch bag.
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September 12, 2005 Flag

This lunch bag is easy to make and durable. It makes great use of Kool-Jammer or Capri Sun pouches.

Supplies:

Preparation:

  1. After the juice has been drunk use an X-Acto knife to slit the bottom of the juice pouch.
  2. Clean the inside of each pouch with hot soapy water and let dry.

The Front and Back:

  1. Take four juice pouches and sew them together 2 by 2.
  2. Do the same with four more juice pouches, having two sets of four. These are the front and back of the bag.

The Sides:

  1. Sew two juice pouches together, one above the other, two tall and one wide.
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  3. Do the same to two more juice pouches, you now have two sets of two. These are the sides of the bag.

The Bottom:

  1. For the bottom of the bag you will need to determine how long it will need to be by taking two juice pouches and laying them next to shorter side of the set of four juice pouches. Instead of having one juice pouch full size and having a small part of another showing for the bottom I laid them on top of each other and sewed down the middle of them both to make it the appropriate length. Then I cut off the extra bit, leaving approximately a 1/2", then sewed that end down flat.

Putting It All Together:

  1. The next step is to sew the bottom to one of the sets of four.
  2. Once you have done that sew the other set of four to the other side.
  3. Next sew one of the sets of two to the bottom, then the other.
  4. Now sew all the ends together, the front to the sides and the back to the sides.

Finishing:

  1. Add a piece of Velcro to the top inside of the bag.
  2. Fold over the top of the bag approximately an inch and a half, then place another piece of Velcro under the fold.
  3. Now your lunch bag is complete, everyone will be impressed by your creative recycling.

January 22, 20060 found this helpful

This is the neatest idea!

Thank you!

and Thank you for such good illustrations.

I need pictures to be able to do projects like this

and this is perfect!

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May 4, 20070 found this helpful

I can't wait to make one of these, too cute. What are you doing to cover the little punched straw holes, after drinking the juice? Are people cutting the bottoms out of the juice and not drinking from them? I want to recycle the used ones my kids love drinking from. Any suggestions that will stay when bag gets wet? I thought about cutting the bag down past the straw hole but it would not look as nice. Thanks

Editor's note: Once the pouches are empty (yes use the ones that the kids have emptied) use an x-acto knife to slit the bottom of the juice pouch. Clean the inside of each pouch with hot soapy water and let dry.

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May 7, 20070 found this helpful

I guess I did not make myself clear. What I need to know is - the hole where the straw goes - do you leave the hole punched out or can you seal in some way so that liquids do not enter into the bag from the outside. Thanks.

Editor's Note: Before you start sewing them together you could stitch or glue near the holes so water cannot get in there. In any case, I doubt that much water could get in there unless you submerged the finish bag in water.

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July 6, 20070 found this helpful

I've mixed art with thriftiness to create some new designs for lunch bags. See photos.

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July 6, 20070 found this helpful

Another one...

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July 27, 20070 found this helpful

In hindsight, I think it would have been easier to put the velcro on earlier on in the process when things were still more flat. Would have saved a lot of trouble. Has anyone else done that?

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March 2, 20080 found this helpful

What type of thread to you use? Just regular or synthetic?

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March 17, 20080 found this helpful

Have you tried with coffee bags? It's wonderful.

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March 27, 20080 found this helpful

Thank You for your great idea, very original, your pictures and instructions are great, you are very creative and a recycle queen.

Thank You for the inspiration.

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April 15, 20080 found this helpful

Some of your pictures show the lunchbag with a handle. How do you put on the handle?

Editor's Note: No handle in this project, it just folds over like a paper sack.

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April 23, 20090 found this helpful

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I have sewn the lunch box together, but am having trouble sewing the front to the sides (especially the corner at the bottom). Is there a trick?

By Brenda from Owen Sound, Canada

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October 19, 20110 found this helpful

On any corner when you sew, the easiest and neatest way to sew it is one side @ a time, especially if you are sewing something thick, or difficult to work with. Lift up, cut the thread and then re-engage to start the other side, then sew down it. In other words, don't sew down the side, keep going around the corner and then up the other side. Don't worry that there is going to be a gap right at the exact place where the corner meets, there won't be much of one, if at all. Or if you do worry about that, once you have sewn each side separately, then go to the corner and sew it a bit (in one movement, but just a small area. a/k/a as re-enforcing) Hope that is clear to you :).

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